The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is luminous.
Hugh McLachlan’s sculptures are of shiny, highly polished steel , perhaps somewhat Surrealist , and rather dreamlike .Quite romantic. Simple flowing lines are used, there are eyeholes in the sculptures and lots of symbolic hearts. It is as if they are curved and growing.
McLachlan’s NARCISSUS KISS BUBBLE series further explores the Narcissus myth – a search for love that is playfully romantic , or is it about being trapped in self absorption from which one can’t escape?
Two very contrasting artist’s works in this most exciting exhibition currently showing at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries.
Jenny Green’s QUADRIVIAL is her latest sculptures , where you can feel the weighty shapes and admire the cool, severe lines.
In medieval monastic education, the Quadrivium was the study of the big four – arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. In her show QUADRIVIAL, Jenny Green explores these four elements of the Quadrivium, experimenting with the interlocking of both positive and negative space and the interrelationship between solid and open form. Jenny takes tetrahedrons (triangular pyramids) and colour, line and curve to explore harmony, geometry, and the sky.
THE BEACH is Traffic Jam Galleries opening exhibition for 2018 with the summer theme of ten artists interpretations of ‘the beach’. Artists included are Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Tracy Dods, Nada Herman, Rebecca Pierce, Bruno Mota, Hugh McLachlan, Katherine Wood, Jenny Green, Terry Barclay and Heidi Hereth. Riotous explosive colour and texture are contrasted with far more ominous deep waters in this most exciting exhibition. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018→
Something for everyone with the current most exciting Traffic Jam Galleries exhibition which has just opened – a show curated from works selected by TJG team members Bianca, Jess, Rebecca and Somerset.
Running from the 5th – 26th of October, the exhibition features new works from artists including Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Claire Kirkup, Danielle McManus, Rebecca Pierce and Nigel Sense. I will concentrate mainly on the new works.
Andrew Grassi Kelaher’s works are rather surrealist, very striking, extremely controlled manicured landscapes with clouds and precisely placed trees, sheep, rocks and winding rolling roads.
Will Maguire ‘s spiky and Hugh McLachlan’s reflective, almost melting wonderful sculptures are included as are Carol Foster and Elizabeth Green’s marvellous paintings.
J Valenzula Didi is represented by three abstract, rigidly precisely placed paintings in a triptych work entitled Urban Symphony. It felt like there were Geoffrey Smart references involved. The use of shadow and geometric line was wonderfully employed, and there was a hint of 3 dimensions in some of the two dimensional paintings.
Ember Fairbairn’sOne More Flood was full of lines, dots and misty texture.
Rebecca Peirce’s explosive, colourful, thickly painted flower paintings leaped off the wall. A large, sensitive and passionate, possibly wistful ‘Somerset Designated Driver’ portrait‘ was new as well as the bright, colourful Low Lying Cloud Over The Glass Mountains and a couple of works from her Simple Life series revealed her extensive range of styles and subjects.
Danielle McManus is represented by her latest adorable but enigmatic work Follow the White Rabbit– a young person in a white rabbit suit in a huge field of red poppies.
Nigel Sense’s ouevre is represented by some of his striking bold flower paintings , perhaps with a Margaret Preston influence?– there is a very strong use of line and colour and outline.
Mia Oatley is represented by two swirling seascapes, and a sleek intense portrait looming diagonally across the canvas ( Forest Woman) .
Both Jenny Green’s exciting sculptures and Elizabeth Green’ s seemingly delicate yet intense works are included.
Dean Reilly’sThe Professional Polymath is a striking dreamlike Surrealist portrait of a suite wearing a head of flowers.
Edgar Schilter and Julie Hutchings both have a single work featured in this group show as does Katherine Wood.
The delicate, embroidered Nature Studies of Meredith Woolnough captivate and entrance. combining science and art.
The current TJG Team Selection exhibition runs at Traffic Jam Galleries until the 26th October 2017
A very captivating exhibition has invaded the Traffic Jam Galleries reshaped space with works by Jenny Green (INTERPLAY) and Rebecca Pierce ( THE SIMPLE LIFE) .Both are bright , bold ,vivid and entrancing . what is also exciting is seeing the contrast and range of styles produced by both artists.
First , considering Jenny Green’s exhibition INTERPLAY . From her studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jenny Green creates her sculpture in bronze, steel & resins. Her work is represented in private, public & corporate collections, and has won a number of awards. Green exhibits at traffic jam galleries at Neutral Bay and in group exhibitions including with the Sculptors Society.
In 2015, Jenny was appointed to the Board of the National Art School..Her work is currently shortlisted in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. As displayed here, Green’s abstract sculptures of steel can be of strong ,coloured, dynamic ‘singing ‘ lines , full of energy and ‘eating’ space .They vary considerably in size – some of them are small, while others are large and free standing ( eg INTERPLAY 1 & 2 ) and have a pebbled floor , as if invoking a Zen garden.
Green’s bronze figurative sculptures ( eg Rapport , Hey There ) are semi abstract and often have a great feeling of weight and heaviness ,yet this is combined with a sense of pulsating energy and movement .Some sit or stand on plinths the bodies in discussion or thought.
Rebecca Pierce’s exhibition is entitled THE SIMPLE LIFE.Pierce primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.Pierce has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.Ths particular exhibition includes some of her trademark bright, bursting thickly textured floral arrangements ( eg Country , Red Roses Blue Vase IX , Blow That Cone Full Salute ) but also features a very different change in style ( or two ).
There are some wonderful abstract multi textured,rather large ,swirling canvases painted with many layers of mirror resin , some also including straw attached , which are full of bold dynamic colour and energy . (eg The Simple Life C Dandelion) Flow parts 1-3 is like a triptych of a giant rolling wave . Major social issues are also commented on with for example The Motion of Transition diptych of paintings.There is perhaps a sense of unsettling un predictability and we see how Pierce interprets the human face and form (there is also a self portrait included) and the reading of the natural landscape around us and how these interweave.
A very striking exhibition.
Jenny Green’s Interplay and Rebecca Pierce’s The Simple Life run at the Traffic Jam Galleries 9 – 31 August 2017
Another way to escape the current seemingly endless scorching Sydney heatwave is to catch the delightful HARBOURING THE BEACH exhibition now showing at the Traffic Jam Galleries.
The exhibition features the works of Anakita Eskalante, Danielle McManus, Bruno Mota, Bronwen Newbury, Rebecca Pierce and Sally West in a themed exhibition that embraces Summer, The Harbour, beaches and positivity for this coming year. Don’t forget to check the gallery’s windows facing the street as they feature some of the works included.
The current exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries is specifically about works on paper. Ten artists are featured, all with different work practices and approaches to their art.
The umbrella title of the exhibition is The Drawing Room and it features over forty works by various artists, including North Sydney Art Prize winner Edgar Schilter. The exhibition explores what it means to use paper as the particular medium of choice and the freedom of expression that this allows.